The World Grand Prix is currently held at the City West Complex, Saggart, Nr Dublin, Ireland each October. Its original venue was the Casino Rooms in Rochester, Kent in 1998 and 1999 and then for one year only in 2000 at the Crosbie Cedars Hotel in Rosslare, County Wexford. In 2001 the tournament moved further north to its current home at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin. The event replaced the earlier World Pairs tournament which ran from 1995 to 1997. The Grand Prix was originally sponsored by bookmakers, Paddy Power before Sky Bet took over in 2004. Sponsorship remained with Skybet but Sky Poker took over in 2009, but was again taken over by bodog.com in 2010. In 2011 PartyPoker.com took over sponsorship of the event and still remain in 2012.
Although he has dominated the event with eight title wins, Phil Taylor has now been knocked out of the World Grand Prix three times in the first round. In 2001, he lost 2-1 to qualifier Kevin Painter, in 2004 by 2 sets to 0 to Andy Callaby, and in 2007 he went down 2-0 in sets to Adrian Gray. The current Champion is Michael van Gerwen.
The highest average record for this double start and double finish event is 106.45 by Alan Warriner v Andy Jenkins in 2001.
Brendan Dolan is the only player to have hit the perfect 9 Dart leg with the double start in his semi-final win over James Wade in 2011. There have been only 5 different winners of this event, Phil Taylor (10), James Wade (2), Alan Warriner-Little (1) Colin Lloyd (1) and Michael van Gerwen (1)
|1998…..||Phil Taylor||…..13-8 (legs)||Rod Harrington||PDC||Casino Rooms, Rochester|
|1999||Phil Taylor||6-1 (sets)||Shayne Burgess||PDC||Casino Rooms, Rochester|
|2000||Phil Taylor||6-1 (sets)||Shayne Burgess||PDC||Crosbie Cedars, Rosslare|
|2001||Alan Warriner..||8-2 (sets)||Roland Scholten||Paddy Power……..||Citywest Hotel, Dublin|
|2002||Phil Taylor||7-3 (sets)||John Part||Paddy Power||Citywest Hotel, Dublin|
|2003||Phil Taylor||7-2 (sets)||John Part||Paddy Power||Citywest Hotel, Dublin|
|2004||Colin Lloyd||7-3 (sets)||Alan Warriner||Sky Bet||Citywest Hotel, Dublin|
|2005||Phil Taylor||7-1 (sets)||Colin Lloyd||Sky Bet||Citywest Hotel, Dublin|
|2006||Phil Taylor||7-4 (sets)||Terry Jenkins||Sky Bet||Citywest Hotel, Dublin|
|2007||James Wade||6-3 (sets)||Terry Jenkins||Sky Bet||Citywest Hotel, Dublin|
|2008||Phil Taylor||6-2 (sets)||Raymond Van Barneveld…||Sky Poker||Citywest Hotel, Dublin|
|2009||Phil Taylor||6-2 (sets)||Raymond Van Barneveld||Sky Poker||Citywest Hotel, Dublin|
|2010||James Wade……….||6-3 (sets)||Adrian Lewis||Sky Bet||Citywest Hotel, Dublin|
|2011…..||Phil Taylor ……||6-2 (sets).||Raymond Van Barneveld..||Partypoker.com..||Citywest Hotel, Dublin…………|
|2012||Michael van Gerwen||6-4 (sets)||Mervyn King||Partypoker.com.||Citywest Hotel, Dublin|
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Travel details for the World Grand Prix and Players Championships
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|Citywest Business Campus||€10|
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